Saturday, October 24, 2015

That's just who I am!

On Monday night we went to this less active lady's house but she is
only LA because she has to work on Sunday. She was upset because it
was the one year anniversary of her mother's passing. She talked for a
long time and she asked for a blessing at the end and in the blessing
I told her that her ancestors are supporting her. Afterwards she told
us how significant that was because of her native heritage as well as
her adoptive parents. It was cool to be able to comfort someone in a
time of need.

We did some good service this week, especially Saturday night. We went
to this big banquet and auction for a hospice center in town. When we
first got there, the head lady said someone we didn't think was right.
We were wearing our tags and she wanted us to take them off and I'm like
NOOOO! That's just who I am so you either have all of me with my tag
or I can leave because I won't deny my calling. She got over it. We
helped plate the food in the kitchen. We were pretty skilled at it
all! They had us running all over the place doing stuff to satisfy the
crowd of 400.

We spoke in church yesterday on the sacrament. It was great studying
all week as well as preparing to partake of the sacrament. It made my
week much more enjoyable. That's about all folks!
-E.Sell




Crazy and frustrating

Hey what's up?

This week was crazy and frustrating and rewarding at times. Here's
what happened.

Tuesday I was on exchanges with my ZL, Elder Schenk, and we went to
the nursing home to visit a member. The lady we planned on visiting
wasn't there but this nurse lady working there introduced us to two
ladies who both had dementia. We visited them both individually and it
was sad to see how their brain doesn't work right anymore. Both made
suggestive references to us and it was really funny/creepy! After we
said a prayer with the second lady we shook her hand and she wouldn't
let go. So, we escorted her back to the main area and she loved every
second of it. I got hit on by an 80 year old woman, and the night
before, this 3 year old wouldn't stop bothering me at dinner.
Basically, watching me get harassed by this little girl was everyone's
entertainment. Her mom and this less active we are working with
laughed until they cried because it was so funny to watch.

We were working with two less actives who both had mental illnesses.
The one tried to commit suicide so he got sent to a mental hospital
and the other pulled a gun on his neighbor because he is paranoid. He
is locked up in jail now! We were going to visit him  Tuesday night
but he called and said, "who is sending you over here? Who put you up
to it? The Bishop? Don't lie to me. I have you guys on hidden camera
driving by my house. Are you stalking me?" Yeah...safe to say we were
done visiting him at that point. And then he goes full crazy stupid!

Our investigator who was scheduled to get baptized this upcoming
Saturday isn't anymore. First of all, we show up to our appointment
Friday and he is smoking a cigarette. We didn't know he had a word of
wisdom problem. He hadn't told his "wife" either, and we didn't know
that. We knew we were going to have to postpone the baptism at that
point but we still had the goal of this upcoming week. We had a member
with us at the lesson that night. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon, we
get a 6 page text message from this member that went to the lesson
with us saying how impatient and pushy we are. I replied, "amen."
Apparently he went and talked to the investigator and he isn't married
to his "wife" and he thought he had to leave her to join the church
and blah blah blah big misunderstanding.

We went to Pavillion Branch for the first time this Sunday. The Branch
warmly welcomed us and I felt at home there. They had a potluck after
church and people introduced themselves and offered to help. Our
morning meeting was productive and we have lots of people to teach.
Our branch mission leader is willing to do what it takes. Basically
what this all means is we will spend less time in the place where they
don't want us and more place where we feel welcomed! The branch
presidency counselor called us into his office and asked us to speak
in sacrament meeting on the sacrament this upcoming week. We blessed
the sacrament earlier in the morning and he said that while I was
saying the prayer he felt I needed to speak to the branch the next
Sunday. He said he felt like I had a strong understanding of it. That
was sure humbling to hear.

Time for some shout outs!! Shout out to Jacob for baptizing someone
down in Greeley this weekend! Beast mode. Shout out to Elder Farnes
for baptizing BJ this weekend. She is someone we worked with a ton
last transfer. Shout out to Elder Torres for being loyal. Shout out to
Blue, Sharp, and Empey too. No shout out to Elder Blackburn cuz he
unloyal!

-E.Sell

Elder Callahan is all tucker'ed out haha

Jacob getting work done in Greeley

Farnes and BJ and friends

I am an UNCLE!

I am an UNCLE for the first time ever!!! That's definitely the highlight of my week. Yuri and Lindsey had a little baby boy, David, on October 3rd, the same birthday as my Dad. I am excited to be the best uncle I can be when I get back to Provo in January. He will be a little baller baby if he spends enough time around me. 



This Tuesday we helped out with a huge service project for the community where we laid out 17,000 sq. feet of sod for the town's new skate park. The designer is a member so he asked the missionaries to help. I was there from 9 AM until 4 PM getting muddy and throwing down rolls of grass. It was fun to do some physical labor for once instead of just spiritual labor. That same night we got a referral from a member for one of her friends. Georgia wanted a Book of Mormon so we dropped by to give her one. She was in a hospital and her roommate was reading the Book of Mormon the whole time and wouldn't share it with her, so she wanted her own. Georgia said she would read the whole thing and pray about it. We invited her to church and she said she worked on Sunday's at the Hampton Inn. What do we do? We drive to the Hampton and try to see if we could coax the manager into giving her Sunday's off. The shift manager person wasn't there but the desk lady was a less active member and ended up giving us $10 worth of free chocolate hahaha. It all works out. 



We had interviews with President Brown Thursday. He drove all the way to Riverton to see how we were doing. I went last and we had a nice chat. One second he seems like he doesn't like me and wants to make my life difficult and the next second he is praising me for my efforts and work. He is a good mission president. He took all ten of us to Pizza Hut for lunch, so that was cool. 



General conference was saaaaaweeeeeet! It was a great time to reevaluate and reset. I think it's awesome how the apostles just beat down all the false ideas this world comes up with. Like Elder Christofferson, he addressed the "I'm spiritual, not religious therefore I don't go to any church" excuse. Bam! False doctrine beat down. And President Uchtdorf addressed the "I'm too smart and intelligent and skeptical to believe in God" attitude. He compared that to unplugging a light and wondering why it doesn't work. People want God to prove himself to them before they will believe but you got to have a particle of faith first. Anyways, I'm grateful we are "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone". 



We had a really tender experience last night with the Brost family. We are teaching the grandkids about Jesus Christ and His Gospel every Sunday night at FHE. This week we taught the Plan of Salvation and played a matching game at the end. It was all a good time but especially this 7 year old girl's prayer at the end. During the prayer she said, "thank you for sending the missionaries to spend time with children like us. We are happy they would even come here to teach us." My heart melted when she said that and I was so humbled to be a missionary. 



Before I end, shout out to one of my best friends and recent convert, Jacob Ostertag. He called me on Sunday to tell me he is baptizing a guy named Travis this Saturday. Since Jacob got baptized in late March he has played a role in 6 other peoples' conversions. He is a stud!



Until next week!

-E.Sell